Mart Relax Lounge Chair
for B&B Italia
The Mart Relax Lounge chair is the extraordinary result of considerable research by B&B Italia and Antonio Citterio into the process of thermoforming leather on a large scale which allows the thick leather to mimic the complex curves of the seat form. The Mart lounge chair is available in both textile and leather versions; it is also available with two styles of base – a cruciform swivel base as well as a chic rectilinear cradle frame. The latter rectilinear relax frame is a wonderful foil to the curvaceous form of the seat itself – in this version, the seat seemingly appears to float above the floor.
The measurements of the Mart Relax lounge chair vary slightly in measurements based upon the adjustment of the rectilinear base. The base is available in a bright or black chromed finish as well as painted finishes of black or bronze nickel. The internal seat structure is fiberglass covered with cold-formed polyurethane. Numerous textiles are available for the fabric version – for the thick leather versions, the options are limited to six color choices.
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Inspired by icons such as Eileen Gray, Charles and Ray Eames, and George Nelson, Italian designer Antonio Citterio has built an extremely successful career in the furniture industry. He’s known for his emphasis on craftsmanship and materiality, a combination that’s defined a longtime partnership with B&B Italia. Citterio has been responsible for designing all new collections by Maxalto since 1993. He ensures that each product, like his Dives sofa or Alcova canopy bed, clearly delineates its function and is comfortable and liveable as much as grand and luxurious.
Born in 1950 in the north Italian city of Meda, Antonio Citterio opened his first office at the age of 22. The architect and designer supposedly had decided on his career path by age 13.
Citterio went on to collaborate with Terry Dwan on architecture projects through the late 1990’s before forming a practice with Patricia Viel that’s today called Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel. Their significant work includes the Technogym headquarters, Bulgari Hotels around the world, Qatar Airways lounges, the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Milan, and the B&B Italia Center for Research in Novedrate, Italy.